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Miccoli to Release ‘IDLE STRANGER’ on 3RD MARCH 2017


Birmingham three-piece, Miccoli are set to release their new single on AFA Records on the 3rd of March 2017.

‘Idle Stranger’, the follow up to last year’s ‘Silent’ EP, was self-produced and recorded at Clarion Studios in Penang off the coast of Malaysia. Available to download from all the major outlets, the track is a near perfect piece of infectious Indie Pop, which completely encapsulates the band’s vocal harmonies and ear for a catchy tune. SEEN can attest to their atmospheric voices and exquisite guitar.

The single is the first indication of what to expect from the eagerly awaited debut album, and is accompanied by a stunning video filmed in Venice, directed by up-and-coming photographer Valentio McKenzie.

After spending most of their childhood studying and making music, twin brothers Adriano (vocal and acoustic/electric guitar) and Alessandro (piano, vocal and acoustic guitar) teamed up with their younger sister Francesca (vocal, piano and harmonica) and decided to form the band a few years ago. Taking inspiration from the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, The Police, Crosby Stills And Nash, Fleetwood Mac and the classic hits of Motown, the three siblings set about crafting their own blend of haunting, melodic and eclectic sounds to great effect.

Miccoli have since toured extensively throughout Europe and America; hanging out with Motley Crüe along the way and have recently performed at the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park. Previous singles have attracted the attention of public and critics alike and have seen them feature on American, British and Asian television and pick up airplay on national and regional BBC radio as well as Internet and college stations across the board. Tom Robinson of BBC Radio 6 Music has already hailed them as “ones to watch out for”.

Having spent the last year in the studio, the band is now ready to set out on the road again and perform the songs that will make up the forthcoming debut album. In what promises to be a busy and exciting year ahead, they will announce live dates in the very near future. SEEN will be streaming the video on 3rd March. Meanwhile, here’s a preview of ‘Idle Stranger’ for your listening pleasure…

SEEN: What music did you study as children?

MICCOLI: All three of us really got our training wheels from learning the piano, from there it was a good base for us to branch out onto more adventurous instruments, like violin, clarinet, guitar and Alessandro’s fleeting endeavour to master the Trombone cutting it short literally as his arms were not long enough to reach the low notes.

S: What was it like hanging out with Motley Crüe?

M: I think the famous saying “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” can easily be applied to Motley Crüe. Let’s just say we held our own and remained above the table.

S: SEEN is relieved to hear it! You went to Malaysia to record ‘Idle Stranger’. Did the location’s vibe seep into the production, do you think?

M: Definitely Malaysia has such beauty and enchantment, it ignites the senses and fuels inspiration, although ‘Idle Stranger’ has somewhat melancholy lyrics, the musicality aspect is upbeat and optimistic, which for us reflects the sunny disposition of the Penang island and its people.

S: You’ve toured a lot and had exposure on American, Asian and UK media. What’s been your favourite venue so far, and is there a venue that you really want to perform at?

M: A surprisingly unusual location, not your standard gig, but a small art gallery outside of LA, very relaxed atmosphere, what was supposed to be a 40-min set ended up being an all-night jamming session. The music literally took over. For us it’s the Royal Albert Hall in London; looking up at that big oval ceiling and watching some of our favourite artists take to that stage – is one goal to aspire to.

S: You’re in London, you’ve got a couple of hours to kill – what’s your favourite thing to do in the capital?

M: As we consider ourselves fairly high brow tea connoisseurs, we like nipping into one of the first known tea merchants in London (1706) and sampling the latest loose teas, followed by a crafty pint at the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub, one of the oldest pubs in London, frequented by Charles Dickens back in the day.

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